Neville BLASTS PL over 'coronavirus nightmare' and Project Restart

‘They are bottling this on comms… happy to tell us when they’re delivering food parcels though!’: Gary Neville blasts the Premier League and clubs for ‘coronavirus nightmare’ and Project Restart

  • Gary Neville feels football clubs and the Premier League must speak up
  • Pundit took to social media to slam those involved for ‘bottling’ the big decisions
  • Neville urges clubs to make statements regarding their opinions on a re-start
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Gary Neville has lashed out at football chiefs who continually fuel the fire regarding the possible re-start of the season, and urged for clubs to speak out in individual statements to make clear their intentions.

Sky Sports pundit Neville has been vocal throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and gave his latest opinions on Sunday after the Premier League started to look into Project Restart.

Engaging in debate on social media, Neville suggested that chairmans and chief personnel at top flights clubs are ‘scared to death’ of liability if they are to be the ones who speak out and urge for the season to re-start.

Gary Neville feels football clubs need to make their voices heard during the pandemic

‘That’s why we haven’t heard one single prominent CEO / Chairman / Owner or Executive open his mouth to back the re-start ! Brief / Brief / Brief ! Scared to death of the liability and blame,’ said Neville when asked by a fan what the protocol would be if the Premier League is to resume and a coronavirus-related death occurs as a result.

He then turned his attention to the way the Premier League as a body and clubs themselves are acting during the pandemic, with frequent charitable updates yet a lack of clear direction regarding hopes for picking back up with the campaign.

Neville took to Twitter to claim chairmen and club owners are simply scared to speak out

The Sky Sports pundit then highlighted the inconsistencies in what is being relayed

Neville acknowledged, when reminded, that Brighton made public their thoughts on the issue

‘It would be good for them [Premier League] to speak at least once. Any of them! Clubs included,’ said Neville.

‘They are bottling this virus on comms. Very Happy to tell us when they are delivering food parcels though.’

The former Manchester United man acknowledged that Brighton are one of the few clubs who have actually made their voice heard as the chaos of the pandemic continues to unfold. 

Brighton boss Graham Potter last week warned football players must not be treated differently to the rest of the population when it comes to deciding whether it is safe to play behind closed doors. 

Potter, who lost both his parents in the space of a year, even before coronavirus struck, is more keenly aware than many of the pain that thousands of families across the country are going through. 

Quickly gaining lots of traction on his comments, Neville received a reply from Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish.

Coming to the defence of club chiefs, Parish reasoned that chairman had started to speak out, which he himself did in a column for the Times while outlining a need for neutral, empty stadia.

Neville locked horns with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish on the topic of speaking out

Parish put it to Neville: ‘If we can’t make it work then I fear for next season. The game might never fully recover.’

In response, Neville returned to his point on communication and accused a section of the top flight division of ‘hiding’ while important issues needed to be addressed.

‘Steve I want football to return. I also understand the complexities,’ he replied.

‘However it’s depressing that the PL and clubs seem to be in hiding, scared to death of communicating. No-one wants to be responsible for this one! Just in case the unthinkable happens.’

For Neville the whole situation is being strung together by a series of mixed messages, with the Premier League saying one thing but failing to commit to another.

‘The PL are having a CV [coronavirus] nightmare,’ Neville continued. 

‘They keep spouting Health First but then brief constantly “We have to Re-Start” I’d respect them more if they said “We accept the increase in Health Risk but it’s one we are willing to take”. They won’t as they are frightened to death!’

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